Women spend an extraordinary amount of money on cosmetics--$45 billion a year in the U.S. alone. Now in its fourth edition, Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me strikes fear in cosmetics-counter consultants everywhere. First off, Begoun has deconstructed ingredient lists. Ever wonder what methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben are doing in your mascara? And what is diazolidinyl urea? All four are potential irritants, and the latter is a preservative that can release formaldehyde, a class A carcinogen. Buyer beware.
Begoun also lists which companies are cruelty-free and which continue to conduct animal testing. The majority of the book--and that's nearly 800 pages--is devoted to reviews of thousands of cosmetics, from cleansers, foundations, alpha-hydroxy acids, and moisturizers to lip liners, eye shadows, and concealers, all of which Begoun has personally tested. (There are no hair care products listed, as that warrants another book entirely: Don't Go Shopping for Hair Care Products Without Me.)
She's perfectly frank and tells it like it is. (On Revlon's ColorStay Makeup: "goes far beyond the claim of 'It won't come off on him.' It won't come off when you want it to.") You'll learn how to tell when you're being boondoggled by a salesperson, what's overpriced and overhyped, as well as what's overlooked. More than 200 brands are included, along with a helpful summary at the end that lists the best products for each cosmetic category. It should be noted that not only is Begoun a fine consumer advocate, she's also a self-esteem advocate: she mentions time and again that even the best cosmetics won't necessarily improve your life, and that's a point well taken. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PAULA BEGOUN (Seattle) has been reporting on the beauty industry for more than 25 years. Her unique angle on the cosmetics industry has earned her nicknames such as "The Ralph Nader of Rouge" and the "Cosmetics Cop." She is an internationally recognized authority as a consumer advocate for the cosmetics and hair-care industries and appears regularly on television and radio and in magazines. Begoun has a syndicated column with Knight-Ridder News Tribune Service and has appeared on CNN, Oprah, 20/20, ABC's Primetime, Dateline NBC, the View, the Today Show, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America.
I got a great deal on this book and it was shipped quickly.Published 8 months ago by Marli Billinger
This Cosmetics Guide used to have a complete list of cosmetics ingredients which she refers to in her reviews of cosmetics section. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anne Wellington
Fairly comprehensive review of a broad range of products with a healthy dose of wit and sarcasm which makes an entertaining read. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2010 by maximany
This woman has zero scientific background. She has a history of lying about her products (unstable sunscreens, etc. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2010 by sceptic
I read very thoroughly the products suggested for my skin type (be sure to read carefully as you may see notes for instance that even if a product is for oily skin it tends to cake... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2010 by Mrs. C.
all in all, i think a person would be better to get info about this type of stuff from periodicals, as the book leaves many items and brands out, and seems to be significantly... Read morePublished on July 12 2010 by J. Best
She has helped save me a lot of money! Do I agree with everything she has to say. Not always, but her book gives me a strong foundation with it comes to the beauty industry. Read morePublished on April 5 2010 by Lady Red
I've read Paula's book for about 10 years now. This new edition is great! Be sure to read the beginning of the book before reviewing the reviews - gives you a better background. Read morePublished on April 13 2008 by Shepherdess Extraordinaire